Dr. Carol Dahl recently joined The Lemelson Foundation as Executive Director on July 25, 2011, bringing to the foundation a passion for innovation and a keen understanding of the power of invention and innovative technologies to transform lives. This background and her interests align perfectly with the work of the foundation to celebrate and support invention and entrepreneurs that strengthen social and economic life in the U.S. and developing countries.
Before joining The Lemelson Foundation, Dahl worked for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation first as Director of the Global Health Discovery team and most recently as Director of Staff for the Global Health Program. During her tenure at the Gates Foundation, Dahl built the platform discovery innovation programs, Grand Challenges in Global Health and Grand Challenges Explorations.
From 2001-2003, Dahl served as vice president for Strategic Partnerships at Biospect Inc. (now Pathworks Diagnostics). Prior to that, from 1990 to 2001, Dahl worked at the U.S. National Institutes of Health in several capacities, including founding Director of the Office of Technology and Industrial Relations at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Program Director at the National Center for Human Genome Research.